Category: aczrqrlxu

Pearson: ‘Leicester aren’t out of the woods yet!’

first_imgLeicester City boss Nigel Pearson is adamant there is still work to be done in his side’s quest to avoid Premier League relegation, despite a 1-0 win over Burnley lifting them out of the bottom three.Jamie Vardy scored the only goal in a tense encounter at Turf Moor and Nigel Pearson’s side had Kasper Schmeichel’s post to thank as Burnley midfielder Matt Taylor’s penalty struck the woodwork.Leapfrogging Sunderland into 17th place, the Foxes took the lead just sixty seconds after Taylor’s missed penalty on a swift counter-attack.Vardy’s third goal in five games was enough to seal a vital three points, and a fourth consecutive victory, to lift the side out of danger, but boss Pearson is refusing to get carried away,“To win four on the trot is clearly a good achievement but I am always aware of the fact people may start feeling the emphasis of our pressure has changed and that is a bit of nonsense,” he said following the win.“With five games to go it is important to keep our fate in our hands, that is key, so we have a lot of difficult games to play.“If people are altering their opinion as to how the bottom of the table is looking it is important we stay focused on our own games.”Pearson admitted the bottom-of-the-table clash lacked top flight quality, though the Foxes manager praised his side’s tenacity to see out the win.He added: “Two sides who are in the situation they are in want to win the game but there was also that fear of losing it so I think that impacted the quality of it.“I can’t sit here and say our performance was such we would win the game but you have to make the most of the situation as it develops.“We defended with spirit and the result is a damn sight more important than the performance.“At this stage of the season it is about getting the right results.”last_img read more

Continue Reading

Watford appoint former Atletico Madrid as new manager

first_img Former Atletico Madrid boss Quique Flores 1 Watford have appointed former Atletico Madrid boss Quique Flores as their new manager.The Hornets had been in talks to extend the contract of Slavisa Jokanovic, who had guided the club back up into the Premier League.However, after those negotiations broke down over the salary demands of the Serbian, Watford moved to secure the serviced of Sanchez Flores – confirming the appointment in a club statement on Friday afternoon.last_img

Continue Reading

Jobs boost for the North West as Abtran to create 350 vacancies

first_imgThe first 50 employees have been welcomed into Abtran’s newly established North Western Regional Operations Hub in Sligo, marking the first wave of a 350-strong jobs boost for the region.Abtran is Ireland’s largest home grown Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provider which already employs over 2,000 people in Cork, Dublin, Kildare and Southern India.The company has recently set about creating 350 new jobs at its new centre in Finisklin Business Park Sligo. Christina Kenny, Chief People Office of Abtran said, “We’re delighted to welcome this first group of colleagues to their new careers with Abtran in Sligo. Our growth plans are supported by our overall high quality of operations together with continued investment in technology and highly skilled people where we are also investing extensively in learning and development and the creation of career advancement opportunities throughout our organisation.Ms Kenny added: “Our growth in Sligo provides a great opportunity for our people to grow their careers with us and I have no doubt, based on the quality of people joining our organisation, that our operations here will have a bright future.”Established in 1997, Abtran marks its 21st anniversary this year. The company is a specialist provider of services in sectors including government, transport, utilities and financial services.Abtran announced its new centre for Sligo in June, as part of the Irish company’s regional expansion strategy. The development is supported by the Government through Enterprise Ireland. The announcement in June was attended by Business, Enterprise and Innovation Minister, Heather Humphreys, T.D. Jobs boost for the North West as Abtran to create 350 vacancies was last modified: October 22nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abtranjobsNorth westsligolast_img read more

Continue Reading

MICHAEL BLACK’S A TO Z OF EXERCISE – PART 3 – SPONSORED BY OPTIMAL FITNESS

first_imgIN his regular weekend column, fitness guru Michael Black continues his superb A to Z of fitness – sponsored by Optimal Fitness.His guide comes complete with calorie-burning information!You can see his previous two articles at the bottom of this latest installment. Kettlebell training Detail: Kettlebells are simply large dumbbells with handles that allow you to perform dynamic, multi-joint, total-body moves with speed and a fluid motion, working all the major muscle groups. The kettlebell was first discovered and used by soviet athletes, it builds fast-twitch muscle fibres, used for explosive bouts of strength or speed, and develops strong forearms, deltoids (shoulders) and glutes (buttocks).Calories burned: 450-550 per hour. Weight loss: 8/10Strength building: 7/10Toning: 8/10Lactate threshold trainingDetail: Training at threshold involves performing cardiovascular exercises like cycling, running or rowing to the intensity where fatigue sets in, then maintaining this level as lactic acid accumulates in your muscles (what makes muscles feel tired). This type of training can be hugely challenging for the quads and hamstrings, and is anaerobic (when your muscles use oxygen faster than you can replace it).Calories burned: 600-1000 per hour. Weight loss: 9/10Strength building: 4/10Toning: 7/10Marathon training Detail: Training for a marathon 26.2 miles can take anywhere from 3 months to a full year, so is a great way to get, and rid of a few unwanted pounds, build calves, quads and glutes of steel. This type of prolonged training will also make you an aerobic monster. Not for those with musculoskeletal or heart problems. Try it here: Letterkenny A/C. Tuesday/Thursday evening @6:30, Danny McDaid Track, Aura Leisure Centre.Calories burned: Up to 600 per hour.Weight loss: 8/10Strength building: 2/10Toning: 7/10 Military fitness/ Urban GymDetail: These park-based classes involve exercises like shuttle runs, which boost your heart and lungs, and bodyweight exercises like pull-ups, press-ups and crunches, which can be as effective as weight-training. Great for a full-body, fat-burning workout and especially suitable for group exercise fans. Try it here: Urban Gym from Optimal Fitness. New classes starting in June. Keep an eye on Donegal Daily for more details.Calories burned: Up to 600 per hour.Weight loss: 8/10Strength building: 4/10Toning: 8/10Mountain bikingDetail: Flying down muddy hills, dodging trees, jumping over tracks and getting mucked to your neck might not sound too much fun but mountain biking is a fantastic and powerful overall body workout. You’ll burn plenty of calories and give your calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes a thorough workout, too.Calories burned: 400-600 per hour.Weight loss: 7/10Strength building: 4/10Toning: 7/10Nordic walking Detail: A walking exercise involving poles that tones both the upper and lower body, burns more calories than regular walking, and provides an effective cross-training technique for endurance conditioning, building slow-twitch muscle. Good for those with joint problems.Calories burned: 300 per hourWeight loss: 5/10Muscle building: 1/10Strength building: 2/10Toning: 5/10Orienteering Detail: This involves map-reading, rambling around the country, and a certain amount of swearing when lost. We have  fantastic natural resources and beautiful countryside to make this activity even more enjoyable. Participants run or walk – if the former, provides a moderate cardio workout. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Calories burned: 300-600 per hourWeight loss: 5/10Strength building: 2/10Toning: 5/10Power Plate Detail: Ok so I can admit that I was very skeptical about this when I first saw it and maybe I still am but some research suggests it works so who am I to question the science geeks. The power plate device uses a vibrating plate to stimulate the muscles to contract and relax, making exercises like squats much harder than on solid ground.A Belgian study found that overweight people who regularly undertook Power Plate exercise (in conjunction with a healthy diet) were more successful at long-term weight loss and shedding visceral fat (around the belly) than those doing a conventional fitness routine.Calories burned: 300-400 per hour.Weight loss: 5/10Muscle building: 5/10Strength building: 6/10Toning: 6/10PilatesDetail: This one I would prefer to the above. Originally a form of rehab, Pilates has become hugely popular across the globe. Strengthens the core muscles (those that stabilise the spine and pelvis, running the entire length of our torso) and helps stave off back pain. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.Calories burned: 200-400 per hour.Weight loss: 4/10Muscle building: 1/10Strength building: 3/10Toning: 4/10Plyometrics Detail: Muscle training designed to improve power and enhance performance. A lot of sports people especially track and field athletes would use this type of training. It involves explosive movements like jumping, hopping and throwing, developing fast-twitch muscle fibres used for bursts of strength or speed. Not for new exercisers, but a great way to build lower-body strength and power in the quads and hamstrings. It doesn’t feel so hard at the time but give it a day or two and your muscles will be screaming for you to never do that again.Calories burned: 300 per hour.Weight loss: 5/10Muscle building: 5/10Strength building: 9/10Toning: 7/10Personal Trainer &Sports Coachmichael@optimalfitness.iewww.optimalfitness.ie Tel: 087-6603090Personal Fitness & Sports CoachingHigh Performance Sports Coachingyou can read part one and part two by clicking the links below:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/06/michael-blacks-a-to-z-of-exercise-part-one/https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/14/michael-blacks-a-to-z-of-exercise-part-2-sponsored-by-optimal-fitness/MICHAEL BLACK’S A TO Z OF EXERCISE – PART 3 – SPONSORED BY OPTIMAL FITNESS was last modified: May 20th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Continue Reading

Rosemead to combat student decline

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 But since then, numbers have steadily dropped. State statistics show 3,302 students enrolled this school year. Meanwhile, API test scores went up. The district’s API average in 2000-01 was 688. This school year, the API average for the district is 751. Rosemead School District has always welcomed students from outside the area as a way to boost numbers, as just about every school district does, said school board president Ron Esquivel. “We’re probably going to emphasize it more,” Esquivel said. Esquivel said the school district could see a significant gain in students, but faces one problem. Each student is worth $5,000 to $7,000 a year in state dollars, making other districts with declining enrollment reluctant to release them. The district could target workers with students in overcrowded or low-performing school districts, he said. On Wednesday, the school board approved a new Web site for the district as a better marketing tool. The site would be in multiple languages. Soo Yee, 38, has two children attending school in the district. “I recommend it to my friends and relatives,” Yee said. “This school district has improved my kids a lot.” Yee moved into the school district from Malaysia. She spoke no English at the time, but in four years she became fluent thanks to an English as a Second Language program offered to parents in the district. Ultimately, the district should be able to weather the declining enrollment trend, Clark-Molina said. Enrollment moves in cycles, dipping and surging. District officials attribute the recent decline to changes in ethnic demographics. Asian families are flocking to the area and typically have smaller families. New homes in the district are also selling to smaller families, Esquivel said. Jason Kosareff can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717, or by e-mail at jason.kosareff@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEMEAD — In an effort to combat declining enrollment, Rosemead School District officials are turning to marketing campaign with a novel message. “People who work in Rosemead, bring your kids to our schools,” said Linda Clark-Molina, a Rosemead School District board of education member. The district wants to market its strong Academic Performance Index test scores to workers outside the area. It’s a move that could bolster four years of sagging enrollment due to demographic shifts in the district’s population. For the 2001-02 school year, the district saw 3,421 students enroll, according to the California Department of Education. That was the highest enrollment for the district in the past 12 years.last_img read more

Continue Reading

Coombe Named Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week

first_imgAbout Drake Graduate & Professional ProgramsDrake University offers graduate and professional programs in business, law, health care, leadership, education, public administration, counseling, executive education, and communication. At Drake, students discover proven outcomes, flexible scheduling for working professionals, and career advancement. Learn more about how Drake’s graduate and professional programs can take your career to the next level at www.drake.edu/graduate Print Friendly Version Victoria Coombe, a sophomore from Centennial, Colo., has been named this week’s Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by Drake Graduate and Professional Programs. Coombe and the track and field team are set to compete in the Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee this week, April 26-29. Academically, Coombe holds a 3.91 grade point average and is majoring in neuroscience. Coombe, a member of the Drake women’s track and field team, came in fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal best of 14.19 at Musco Twilight this past weekend. This time ranks eleventh in the Missouri Valley Conference. Later in the afternoon, Coombe returned to the track for the 400-meter hurdles with another personal best of 1:01.25, in which she finished third. Her time is the seventh fastest in school history and ranks sixth in the Missouri Valley Conference this season.last_img read more

Continue Reading

‘Business unusual’ for a greener future

first_img5 December 2011New ways of producing goods, which will reduce both energy consumption and emissions from energy production, have to be found, South African President Jacob Zuma told the World Economic Forum Green Partnership Dialogue in Durban on Sunday.This, according to Zuma, would require profound and far-reaching changes in economies, and would affect how business is done.The potential benefits were huge, however, as transforming the means of production to make them more environmentally sustainable in the long term would open the door to new investment, production and employment prospects.‘We must work on this together’“It is not a job just for government or business or labour alone,” Zuma said. “It is something we must work on together.”South Africa is the largest producer of electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, generating 90% of its electricity from coal. The country has committed to securing 4 000 megawatts of renewable energy for the national grid by 2016. This is more than the City of Durban uses in a year.South Africa’s solar and wind energy industries have targeted the creation of at least 50 000 “green” jobs by 2020, with the government pledging its support for the installation of one-million solar water heating systems by 2014 to 2015.This will also provide the basis for expanding local production of components and heating systems.Business’ technological, managerial expertise neededZuma said that bringing in new sources of electricity required the government to regulate the national grid, and that it needed business to invest and bring its technological and managerial expertise to the table.“Above all, we must make sure that poor communities do not end up footing the bill, whether through job losses or high prices,” Zuma said.“We are encouraging more labour-intensive activities that can create employment opportunities on a mass scale.”Zuma added that the country’s electricity utility, Eskom, and business would continue to work on technologies to further reduce emissions from coal-fired plants.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Continue Reading

New phosphorus research project for the Maumee Watershed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Some farm fields in northwest Ohio’s Maumee River watershed have more phosphorus than their crops can use. Called “elevated phosphorus fields,” such fields may be at higher risk of contributing to Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms.That’s the premise of a new five-year, $5 million study that hopes to learn about those fields and lower that risk by creating new public-private partnerships.Led by Jay Martin, an ecological engineering professor with The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), the study plans to monitor and manage more than a dozen elevated phosphorus fields, all in the Maumee River watershed.To do the work, the study is partnering with nutrient service providers — consultants who advise farmers on crop and soil matters, such as the types and rates of fertilizer to apply — and some of the farmers they work with. The nutrient service providers are helping find farmers to help with the study; the farmers in turn are allowing their fields to be used as sites for the study.“I’m excited,” said Martin, a faculty member in CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and a faculty researcher with Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program and the college’s Stone Laboratory. “This is a way that the agricultural community, Ohio State and U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers, and nongovernmental organizations can work together to address an important unknown. By doing so, this will improve water quality while supporting agricultural production.”Phosphorus runoff from farm fields is a significant driver of the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie. The blooms are sometimes toxic, are often many miles wide, and threaten recreation, tourism, drinking water safety and people’s health. The Maumee watershed, which empties into the lake at Toledo, is the lake’s largest source of phosphorus loading.Martin said the study has four main parts: recruit the partner farmers; measure phosphorus runoff on the farmers’ fields; use and evaluate best management practices on the fields — practices aimed at reducing the fields’ phosphorus runoff while also maintaining their yields; and then, by helping form further public-private partnerships, expand the adoption of the practices throughout the watershed.The study includes partners and supporters from CFAES, the Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), Ohio State’s Center on Education and Training for Employment, and 12 Ohio agricultural businesses and organizations. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is funding the study, which started in September and will run through summer 2023.In 2016, Ohio, Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario agreed to reduce the phosphorus entering Lake Erie by 40%, with a goal of doing it by the year 2025. Experts think that such a reduction will keep the lake’s blooms at safe levels. Ongoing efforts to meet that goal involve farmers, scientists and agencies, among others.The new study, for its part, is specifically targeting elevated phosphorus fields, which bear that name because, after years of fertilizer or manure applications, they’ve accumulated more phosphorus in their soil than their crops need. The excess doesn’t hurt the crops; the crops just don’t take it up. But sometimes the phosphorus is released from the soil and ends up in Lake Erie, where it contributes to harmful algal blooms.“The hypothesis is that these elevated phosphorus fields contribute disproportionately to nutrient runoff,” Martin said.Until now, however, testing that hypothesis has been difficult. Locating an elevated phosphorus field requires soil test results, and those aren’t public information; they’re often kept only between a farmer and his or her nutrient service provider. The new study is solving that limitation by enlisting those individuals as partners.Martin said that as a first step, a partnering nutrient service provider will invite a farmer to participate in the study. If the farmer is interested, Martin and his colleagues will work with them to determine if the field has the needed characteristics and to make sure the farmer is comfortable with the arrangements. The team will compensate the farmer and nutrient service provider for their time, will pay for implementing and maintaining the management practices, and will keep the farmer’s name and location confidential.If, on the other hand, the farmer isn’t interested, “things end there, and no one finds out anything about their field that they didn’t know before we started,” Martin said.The team is now working to identify the study sites, with a goal of having 14 fields.In the Maumee watershed and in other places, some farmers are reducing their phosphorus runoff by using the “4R” practices. The 4Rs stand for the right source, right rate, right time and right place when it comes to applying fertilizer and manure. But the 4Rs don’t help on an elevated phosphorus field because the farmer has probably already stopped applying additional phosphorus fertilizer.Instead, other best management practices are needed — ones that keep nutrients in the field or that trap them at the edge of the field before they get into waterways.Martin said the study will implement a variety of best management practices at the study sites and then will evaluate the practices using edge-of-field water sampling. The practices may include building wetlands, growing cover crops and installing phosphorus filters, among others. Based on the findings, the study will offer recommendations for farmers and nutrient service providers.The Maumee River watershed covers an area greater than Connecticut: more than 4 million acres in parts of three states — Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. The majority of the watershed’s land use is agriculture. About 12,000 farmers live in the watershed.Other CFAES researchers involved in the study are Margaret Kalcic, Ryan Winston, Mike Brooker and Nathan Stoltzfus of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Robyn Wilson of the School of Environment and Natural Resources; Greg LaBarge of Ohio State University Extension; and Brian Roe of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics.Key partners on the study also include Jessica D’Ambrosio of the Nature Conservancy, Kevin King of USDA-ARS’s Soil Drainage Research Unit, the Nutrient Stewardship Council and the Ohio AgriBusiness Association.Collaborating on the study are four northwest Ohio nutrient service providers — Nester Ag, Legacy Farmers Cooperative, Nutrien Ag Solutions, and the Farmers Elevator Grain and Supply Association — and the following organizations: the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association, the Ohio Soybean Council, the Ohio Pork Council, the Ohio Dairy Producers Association, Mercer County Community and Economic Development, and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.To learn more about the study, contact Martin at martin.1130@osu.edu.last_img read more

Continue Reading

I’m not obsessed, but I deserve Ballon d’Or – Ronaldo

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo says he deserves to win the Ballon d’Or for a sixth time, over rivals including Antoine Griezmann, Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi.Ronaldo and Messi have won the award five times each over the last decade, but the duo faces stronger competition in 2018 than for many years.Griezmann and Mbappe have a World Cup win on their records, while Modric claimed the Golden Ball at Russia 2018 for his star performances in Croatia’s run to the final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ronaldo helped fire Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League crown before joining Juventus and he is in no doubt he should win the Ballon d’Or for a record-breaking sixth time.”I said many times, winning a sixth Ballon d’Or is not an obsession,” Ronaldo said in a France Football interview . “And I do not ask the question in these terms.”I already know, in my heart, that I am one of the best players in history. Of course, I want to win, this sixth Ballon d’Or!”It would be a lie to tell you the opposite. I work for that. As I work to score goals and win games without being an obsession. The Ballon d’Or, yes, I think I deserve it.”Ronaldo completed a £99m ($127) move to Juventus from Madrid during the summer transfer window, which ended his trophy-laden nine-year spell with the club.The Portuguese superstar has thrived during his first few months in Turin, scoring seven goals in 12 matches across all competitions, most recently netting a brace against Empoli on Saturday .Madrid meanwhile, have dropped seven points behind arch-rivals Barcelona in La Liga without their all-time record goalscorer, after losing 5-1 against the Spanish champions on Sunday.last_img read more

Continue Reading